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Review of Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus
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Owner description: Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races inside this huge Roman circus, which was built to entertain emperors during the time of Imperial Rome.
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Seriously boring - I can only imagine what it was like but now it is only a field with a gravel track, plus it is a off the beaten track so is a pain to get to. We got there and 2 minutes later I was bored. You really have to use your imagination to get a sense of what it was like but when you are surrounded by such amazing architecture in Rome all day this really is an anti climax - the only good thing is its free and there are no Q's - no harm in going to say you've been but if you are tight on time I would leave this out!

Visited February 2014
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“Circo Massimo”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Not much is left of this Circo Massimo which in Roman times was a chariot race track, but also the location for any kind of events seen by tens of thousand of people. From races, to public executions, this was used as the example for many other similar buildings across the Roman Empire. This place went through a phase of intense use and then decay, when people used its material to build other buildings. Now the only thing that you see is a long area of a couple thousand feet that tells you where the Circo Massimo once was. On the side towards the end where the wood boards fences are, you will find lots of explanations, illustrations and pictures on some panels that will show and tell you more that you can see or imagine just by walking here. Beware of dog (and horse) droppings here and there.

Visited April 2014
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Road to Rome”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

This is a must see location just to visualize what it would have looked like and how big it was. Capable of holding 250,000 people watching chariot races unbelievable.

Visited April 2014
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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“Roman Circus...”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We stumbled upon this by accident on our way to Piazza della Bocca della Verita. You can clearly see the tracks that a chariot would have raced and where the public games were held annually. Steeped in history, this site is well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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Haifa, Israel
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“A lot of history, but not a lot to see”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Without sounding too superficial, this is basically a 600x200 meter park with nothing much in or around it. The history and stories around the Circo Massimo are thrilling, but little to nothing of it is left.
Do check it out when you're around the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Visited March 2014
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